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In Education Technology, Startups With Big Impact Tend to Be Rather Simple

In Education Technology, Startups With Big Impact Tend to Be Rather Simple | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Edmodo, Remind101, ClassDojo and StudyBlue break out from the pack, but not because of some complex technology.
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“There’s a lot of conservatism built in the system, and for good reason,”  I think it’s going to be a slow-boil revolution, but eventually technology will be a natural major component of how kids and grownups learn.”

Betsy Corcoran, ... had a slightly different view. “The thing that’s incredibly important in schools is: First, that the technology work; second, that the technology work; and third, that the technology work.”

Both of these perspectives are important. Another is that learning and  schooling are inherently relational. Children need to learn about themselves and how they relate to others, other students, adults and groups, as well as learn 'stuff'! Do not underestimate social skills, EQ development and a sense of belonging as a important outcomes for children in schools.

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A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
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The neuroscience of asking insightful questions

The neuroscience of asking insightful questions | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
I teach coaching skills to leaders. When I get to the section on how to ask questions (an important part of learning to coach) I might ask a trick question to start off: “How many of you are good at solving problems?”. Without fail, almost all hands shoot enthusiastically into the air. There’s nothing wrong …

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We are not guiding if we are solving for the kids. We need to guide kids to their own solutions to the challenges that they face. Asking questions rather than giving answers tests our patience and our desire to "help," but we do not help if we simply give answers. 
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3 Classroom Gaming Resources Teachers Must See

3 Classroom Gaming Resources Teachers Must See | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
If you're interested in exploring game-based learning, here are 4 solid classroom gaming resources that you've got to see.
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"The play's the thing." - Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2
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Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation

Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Keara Duggan, Director of Education Elements' Design & Implementation team, provides 10 essential tips for creating a culture of innovation.
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At first I thought this piece was written by a teacher from a classroom perspective, but I quickly realized that this article is an important reminder to administrators and teachers alike that a culture of innovation does not just "happen." It is cultivated and nurtured, and must be given time to grow.
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Making Feedback Meaningful

Making Feedback Meaningful | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
In depth look at ways to provide individualized feedback to all students. Strategies introduced allow teachers to connect with high achievers as well as students who need more instruction.
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Personalized, growth-mindset oriented, actionable feedback that allows students to apply improvements to their work is the only feedback worth giving.
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Personalized, growth-mindset oriented, actionable feedback that allows students to apply improvements to their work is the only feedback worth giving.
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Free Images - Pixabay

Free Images - Pixabay | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

"Over 900,000 high quality photos, illustrations, and vector graphics. Free for commercial use. No attribution required."

 

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"Finding the perfect image or video clip for a website, poster, or presentation can be a challenge. Pixabay is a helpful repository of images and videos available for use under the Creative Commons CC0 license. On this website, users can browse for images by a number of categories, including Education, Health/Medical, Computers/Communications, and Emotion. In addition to photos, this collection also includes Illustrations, Vector Graphics, and Videos. Pixabay is also available as an Android or iOS application."


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I use and love Pixabay. So many images are rich, high-resolution, and free!!!
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20 Ideas for Professional Development in the Digital Age

20 Ideas for Professional Development in the Digital Age | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
What is professional development?  It is pretty much anything that helps one develop professionally. At the heart, professional development is about growth and learning.  In the field of education, it seems like many quickly think of educational opportunities that mimic what they see in their schools. As a result, they turn professional learning and education into schooling.  The problem with that is that schooling is too limiting.  In this age, there are many other exciting and high-impact learning opportunities for teachers that extend beyond traditional notions of schooling.  When we hear the phrase “professional development,” certain practices likely come to mind, things like in-services and conferences. In the digital age, there are countless other opportunities for professional development and restricting one’s thoughts to just a few options limits our insight into what is possible for our students.  With that in mind, here is a brainstorm of 20 options available to educators today. This is far from an exhaustive list, but it is enough to start exploring the possibilities.  Feel free to suggest others in a comment to this post.

 

Learn more:

 

Professional Development: WHY EDUcators And TEACHers Can’t Catch UP THAT Quickly AND How-To Change It

 

LEARNing To LEARN For MY Professional Development | I Did It MY Way

 

 

 


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I am Co-Keynoting next fall and we've chosen as our topic the necessity of sustained, engaging ProD. How to start it and how to grow it. Our focus is a little different but this article does hit upon several of the means that we are gathering. Thank you! In the end, we are convinced that it comes down to relationships. The teachers need to respect each other professionally and care for each other personally. If you have that, you have every ingredient necessary for a successful PD program. Any of these 20 program ideas can work if you have those relationships. 
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Ines Bieler's curator insight, March 18, 8:24 AM
I am Co-Keynoting next fall and we've chosen as our topic the necessity of sustained, engaging ProD. How to start it and how to grow it. Our focus is a little different but this article does hit upon several of the means that we are gathering. Thank you! In the end, we are convinced that it comes down to relationships. The teachers need to respect each other professionally and care for each other personally. If you have that, you have every ingredient necessary for a successful PD program. Any of these 20 program ideas can work if you have those relationships. 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 18, 9:46 AM
Anything goes in PD. Make it work for you in terms of time, location, in person/online, source, funding, and your preference for individual, small team, district, or strangers. 
Danny Castaño's curator insight, March 21, 12:22 AM
We can found in this article 20 different ideas in order to go beyond traditional practices since we are in a digital area with new desires and expectations from students about their learning process and for that we need to grow professionally as teachers. We can highlight some of the most relvevan ones such as "The Webinar with live sessions, Video Tutorials even when is one of the most common strategies,  is really helpful to our professional development, Graduate Courses and Programs online as well to get more knowledge about topics of interest, and other such as Accountability Partners, Training Programs and so on. We need to keep in mind that teachers can't never stop learning.
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John Maeda: If You Want to Survive in Design, You Better Learn to Code

John Maeda: If You Want to Survive in Design, You Better Learn to Code | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Tech veteran John Maeda released his annual Design In Technology report this week.
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Harnessing the Power of the Productive Struggle

Harnessing the Power of the Productive Struggle | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Teaching that struggling is part of learning math encourages creativity, builds authentic engagement and perseverance, and creates opportunity for assessment, intervention, and feedback.
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Productive Struggle is essential for deeper learning.
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What Happens When Principals and District Administrators Sit in the Student’s Chair? [video]

What Happens When Principals and District Administrators Sit in the Student’s Chair? [video] | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Highlights from a hands-on and brain-based approach to professional development and innovating math education.
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Walking a mile in another's shoes is surely experiential learning of a high order. Getting out of the office chair and into a student seat is more than just worthwhile. It is essential if one is going to speak with any authority on education reform.
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8 Tips To Create Interactive And Immersive Online Training Tutorials - eLearning Industry

8 Tips To Create Interactive And Immersive Online Training Tutorials - eLearning Industry | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Wondering how to create interactive Online Training Tutorials? Check 8 tips to create interactive and immersive Online Training Tutorials.
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Encouraging students to fail | Teaching United States History

Encouraging students to fail | Teaching United States History | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
My university’s Center for Teaching and Learning has created reading groups in each of the university’s eight schools. The reading group for the School of Arts and Humanities has decided to read Linda B. Nilson’s Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time (2015). Nilson proposes a grading system called specs grading that…
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Fail: Frequent Attempts In Learning!
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Using Online Collaboration Tools to Engage Students in Teamwork

Using Online Collaboration Tools to Engage Students in Teamwork | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Diana Clark is an experienced high school educator with great ideas for teamwork and collaboration. Here are 8 of her favorite online collaboration tools.
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Concise and informative. I love TodaysMeet, I like bringing Socrative, I use Padlet in every class, and this article guided me toward discovering Twiddla. Excellent!
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Fabiana Garcia Marulanda's curator insight, March 9, 1:46 PM
As there are pages in which the students can go deeper into a skill, there are also some pages that make the teacher's work a little more enjoyable and such pages or programs are what this article provides, besides promoting teamwork.
Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 9, 4:32 PM
Worth a read. Perhaps some pilot scheme to trial possibilities?
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 10, 3:32 AM
Une bonne liste d'outils 
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� Listen Now: The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World

� Listen Now: The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The One-Room Schoolhouse That's A Model For The World
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Fascinating argument of what schools could and should be in the presence of computers that will shortly take over many (most?) jobs. Giving a hug (human warmth), solving a mystery (which question is important to ask?), telling a story (making sense out of data, and figuring out the moral/ethical choice) are three areas that we must focus on as skills. 
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Fascinating argument of what schools could and should be in the presence of computers that will shortly take over many (most?) jobs. Giving a hug (human warmth), solving a mystery (which question is important to ask?), telling a story (making sense out of data, and figuring out the moral/ethical choice) are three areas that we must focus on as skills. 

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9 Common Negative Thoughts Students Think & How to Fix Them [Infographic]

9 Common Negative Thoughts Students Think & How to Fix Them [Infographic] | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Students, like all of us, sometimes think debilitating negative thoughts that can harm their progress. Help turn them around with these suggestions.
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Growth Mindset requires inoculations against negative self-talk.
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You are in the miracle business — the best business to be in

You are in the miracle business — the best business to be in | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
The education system needs an overhaul, Sir Ken Robinson says, and educators can help. We're in the miracle business, the best business to be in.
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"We are the music makers, 
And we are the dreamers of dreams, 
Wandering by lone sea-breakers, 
And sitting by desolate streams;— 
World-losers and world-forsakers, 
On whom the pale moon gleams: 
Yet we are the movers and shakers 
Of the world for ever, it seems."
- Ode,  Arthur O'Shaughnessy
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Safe teaching is risky teaching

Safe teaching is risky teaching | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
We teachers can be pretty risk averse. We don't like to take chances. But by trying to be safe, often we're engaging in risky teaching.
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We fail our students when we continue to prepare them for a world that doesn't exist anymore. Solving unstructured problems and handling new information are the realms of mankind moving forward; the realms of synthetic thinking. Computers own routine cognitive and manual tasks. 
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Ines Bieler's curator insight, March 19, 2:57 AM
We fail our students when we continue to prepare them for a world that doesn't exist anymore. Solving unstructured problems and handling new information are the realms of mankind moving forward; the realms of synthetic thinking. Computers own routine cognitive and manual tasks. 
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 20, 6:13 PM
The beautiful risk of education is the title of a Gert Biesta book. He points out that teaching is relational in nature. It is always someone teaching someone and that means we take a risk. A good resource might be the Bill Pinar's method of currere.
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Want to Improve Your Teaching? Pay Your Colleagues a Visit! | Teaching United States History

Want to Improve Your Teaching? Pay Your Colleagues a Visit! | Teaching United States History | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Recently, I suggested a grading workshop to my colleagues. I wanted to see how my grading standards compared to fellow history faculty at NOVA. I had looked at my colleagues’ syllabi, but I wanted to discuss grading with them a bit more in-depth. It’s great to say on your rubric that a thesis statement needs…
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Peer visits are great opportunities to explore methodologies and gain pedagogical tools.
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Peer visits are great opportunities to explore methodologies and gain pedagogical tools.
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New Research Proves Game Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters (EdSurge News)

New Research Proves Game Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters (EdSurge News) | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
By Vadim Polikov

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dean J. Fusto
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Overcoming the Fear of Being Wrong: 20 Ways To Help Your Students - InformED

Overcoming the Fear of Being Wrong: 20 Ways To Help Your Students - InformED | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Like cheating on a test, ignoring a friend’s phone call, wallowing in self-pity, or eating a pint of ice cream in one sitting, being wrong feels the worst when someone else is around to witness it. Unlike these things, being wrong is unjustly stigmatized as unacceptable. Everyone answers a question incorrectly now and then, but... Read More
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"Learning has two definitions, and one of them is "failure.""
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How ‘productive struggle’ can lead to deeper learning

How ‘productive struggle’ can lead to deeper learning | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Aoife Dempsey, chief technology officer at Triumph Learning, shares suggestions for implementing productive struggle in your schools.
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Three Ways To Reframe A Problem To Find An Innovative Solution

Three Ways To Reframe A Problem To Find An Innovative Solution | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it

Reframing a problem helps you see it as an opportunity, and Seelig offers three techniques for finding innovative solutions:

1. Rethink The Question

Start by questioning the question you’re asking in the first place, says Seelig. "Your answer is baked into your question," she says.

Before you start brainstorming, Seelig suggests you start "frame-storming": brainstorming around the question you will pose to find solutions. For example, if you’re asking, "How should we plan a birthday party for David?" you’re assuming it’s a party. If you change your question to, "How can we make David’s day memorable?" or "How can we make David’s day special?" you will find different sets of solutions.



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Synthetic thinking is the currency of the 21st Century. Creative problem-solving is essential.
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Maggie Lawlor's curator insight, September 11, 2015 2:45 AM

To really make this work, add a dose of people who DON'T think like you - those you regularly disagree with, or wonder what planet they are on.  The follow these three techniques and stay open to all the ideas generated.

Ian Harris's curator insight, October 10, 2015 1:50 AM

Brain fodder!

Nancy Barnett's curator insight, October 14, 2015 10:36 AM

I love this idea about "frame-storming". The answers we get do depend on the way we ask the question. 

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Turn Students into Fact-Finding Web Detectives

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Helping kids be savvy is the right answer, rather than blocking them off from all of the benefits of the web. It seems we must all learn to swim with sharks.
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25 Tips For Teaching With Apps

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25 Tips For Teaching With Apps
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The list is a bit scattered, but plenty of good reminders.
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Are Your Students Ready For a Challenge? K-12 Game-a-thon Now Open for Submissions

Are Your Students Ready For a Challenge? K-12 Game-a-thon Now Open for Submissions | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Empower your students to create their own math game, now through July 1.
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News & Media Literacy

News & Media Literacy | Transformational Teaching and Technology | Scoop.it
Access to information is at an all-time high, but deciphering between fact and fiction is more complex than ever. Use this toolkit to help guide your students to think critically about the media they are consuming and creating.
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Timely, as usual. Common Sense Media impresses with practical, engaging materials to teach many facets of Digital Citizenship.
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